Sunday, June 26, 2016

Czech Republic 2016 - 150 Anniversary of the Opening Night of the Bartered Bride

COUNTRY: Czech Republic
ISSUE DATE: 18 May 2016
STAMP SIZE: 23 x 40 mm
STAMP DESIGN: Vladimír Suchánek

The Bartered Bride is a comic opera in three acts with music by Bedřich Smetana and a libretto by Karel Sabina. The opera was composed in 1863-66 and premiered at the Provisional Theatre in Prague on 30 May 1866.

Bedřich Smetana’s The Bartered Bride, the founding work of modern Czech opera, soon exceeded the domestic framework and became a permanent part of the world’s operatic repertoire. The 20th National Theatre production of the evergreen of Czech theatre and music is, for the first time in our history, directed by a woman.

Magdalena Švecová has chosen neither the path of provocative or scandalous interpretation, nor that of conventional imitation of obsolete models. The Bartered Bride’s grotesque yet highly moving story is grasped with tenderness, intelligent wit and hyperbole, as well as an understanding for the long-gone order (disorder) of human lives in the Czech village.


Stamp images and description thanks to Česká pošta